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    (Tug Boat) VALIANT
    This tug was built by a modeler in Bristol during the early 1960's it was given to me at the Abergavenny Steam and vintage show in 2016 by the makers grandson who told me it had been on display in his mums house from 1970 when his grandad died till 1987 when she died then put in his parents attic till it was given to me. it had a couple of holes in the hull and the upper works had been broken so required fixing. not having any pictures I used all the original bits that came with it so I hope it looks as it should. it's made mostly from balsa with some wooden bits and replacement planking from coffee stirrers otherwise all original. it requires 2 x 12v 7ah lead acid batteries and about 5 kilograms of ballast. (Silver Sand in 500grm packs). On the only test run I've managed to tow a 16 foot fishing boat with three men on my local fishing lake. (Motor: 540) (ESC: MTroniks Viper marine) (8/10)
    (Tug Boat) Emanuel
    Built in 1954 by my Grandad. Construction is Bread and Butter in Balsa originally a free sail model but now converted to RC. 27mhz.was given to me on my 5th birthday. Not sailed for over 25 years, but now happy sailing for short runs as prop shaft leaks slightly. (ESC: Mtronics Viper Marine 20amp) (8/10)
    (Other) project X
    Given as project, no known details of origins as yet. (Motor: Ripmax) (ESC: Viper Marine) (5/10)
    (Working Vessel) Rust Bucket
    This is my latest restoration project. its built completely of metal and is in a terrible condition although the hull seems to be water tight. The motor and prop-shaft and prop is listed in a BASSETT LOWKE catalogue dating from 1936, so the boat age is unknown but my guess would be late 30's to 1950. All guesses acknowledged. (Motor: BASSETT LOWKE) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) FAIREY HUNTSMAN (KATHY'S CLOWN)
    Just rescued from ebay seller who had it in storage since he inherited it in 1976, it was Fairey Huntsman, scratch built sometime in early 60's by his father who used to sail it near Manchester. its fitted with a SANWA 2F-2M RC system which seems to be still functioning. I will be doing restoration over the next few months, as there are a few cracks showing along most of the seems and I will need to sand and seal and repaint. (Motor: Marx) (ESC: Speed King) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) sea scout
    This boat was one of my dads from the late 1950's. It's an aerokits sea scout. Now fitted with a MabuchI motor of unknown power, but undergoing test running with 6 Volts, seem more than adequate, Belt drive to propshaft. (Motor: Mabuchi) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) MV Caroline
    This model is a scratch built 1/15th scale model of an Ocean going pleasure craft built in 1964 by my late father. it was originally powered by a large bosch windscreen wiper motor, but has been replaced with an MFA RE 800 stock motor running from 12V sla battery. Dry weight 13.2 Kilos. Last sailed in 1992 on open sea at Aberystwyth, I was on my dads fishing boat watching as dad sailed her the full length of the south beach and back into the harbour. Now ready to relaunch on Saturday 10th June 2017 at WMBC open day. (Motor: MFA . RE800) (ESC: Fusion Aquapower AQP128) (9/10)
    (Fire Boat) Mk2 firefloat 93
    This boat was originally built with my dad's help (mostly him), in about 1959/60 my first powered model and originally had a small diesel engine (E.D.I Think.)And no radio gear. But now fitted with electric motor and radio gear with working monitors and lights.hope to finish restoration in time for spring launch. (Motor: Mannesmann Clash21 ) (ESC: Mtronics sport tuned 20) (8/10)
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    πŸ“ Warwick Model Boat Show.
    11 hours ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Thanks Ken, I'll have to add it to the boat calendar, where is the sailing location.
    I almost forgot congratulations on the promotion.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Texaco tanker (North Dakota)
    2 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    We tend to be a bit lively of thought as our bodies slow down.
    That is if its a memory lane
    Wander.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Model boat's push tug
    2 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Good progress, keep it up matey.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Texaco tanker (North Dakota)
    2 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    It's that thing that keeps swallowing my money. But living in the sticks I need it.
    Only wish the wife could drive.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Canal Boat
    2 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Hi Sidley,
    Try Googling british narrow boat designs. There's a lot of full size plans and layouts out there, one is www.narrowboats.org
    If you can't find what you want let me know and I'll look for you.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Canal Boat
    2 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Superb boat, is it 1/12th scale.
    Hope to see the final stages of the build.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Texaco tanker (North Dakota)
    2 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    It's not so funny when you can't remember where you parked the car.
    Cheers Colin.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Texaco tanker (North Dakota)
    2 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Not to be outdone esso gave stick on bullet holes.

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    πŸ“ Warwick Model Boat Show.
    2 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    That's a wonderful idea Nerys.
    Let me know the dates and I will try to fit it into my diary.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Warwick Model Boat Show.
    3 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Hi Nerys,
    I'm sure we'll meet up soon, Barry isn't so far away.
    I have to go to Newport on Tuesday to see the surgeon who did my knee, I have been having a couple of problems with it, so he wants to have a look to see what is wrong.
    Luckily my knee doesn't affect my ability to work on the modelling, just arthritis, eyes and memory problems. But having a wife who loves to get involved with the modelling helps no end.
    I look forward to seeing you and your models, bye for now, cheers Colin.

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    πŸ“ Warwick Model Boat Show.
    3 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Hi Nerys,
    sorry we missed you, problem is that I didn't know what you looked like.
    We thoroughly enjoyed the day, got a few bits for the grandsons boat.
    I was really inspired by the model barge owners display, and they were very helpful in giving me advice and they were the only stand that had free information booklets. Likewise my wife was truly impressed by the friendly team.
    The only other really helpful team was knightcote MBC. They offered me help with my vintage rc equipment.
    If only I had found you I'm sure we could have managed a chat over a cup of tea. I take it Alice was with you to stop you straying off with anyone.
    The one thing that keeps me modelling is my grandson's imagination. I don't know how he thinks but he has some wonderful ideas, especially with building stuff in lego and meccano.
    Got to go wife's calling, it's dinner time. By for now, cheers Colin.

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    πŸ“ Modified Figures.
    3 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Hi Pete, thanks been there, but it seems that the type of plastic that doesn't seem to stick with any type of glue. Even solvent plastic weld.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Re-purposing an old Hull.
    4 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Hi there Martin, I had a meeting with the headmistress yesterday, and I have to wait till the board of governors make a decision, until then I can't name the school or the children, but am allowed to repot on the progress.
    Week 1, first sketches hung in the classroom and surprisingly they all have a similar profile. Boys seem to want police type boats, girls preferred things like coastguard and rescue boats.
    Week 2(next week) they will be trying to make card superstructures and trying for fit and look. There will be 4 groups, so 4 potentiall models, as the whole top, deck up will be lift off.
    I have made the under deck supports, and 4 blank decks in 3mm ply for them to use.
    Further updates next weekend.
    Cheers Colin.

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    πŸ“ Warwick international boat show
    4 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Yes Martin, sounds like a plan, just hope I'm still able to drive. Or win the lottery. (then buy myself a lake with a large barn alongside to use as a boat build and store facility.)
    Joking aside it was a great day and I will certainly try to get there again.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Warwick international boat show
    4 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Just got back from a fantastic day at Warwick International model boat show.
    I will definitely have to go again, picked up a lot of information from the model sailing barge stand. Thanks guys, I'll have a go at a barge in the future.
    I took my wife and grandson with me, and they both enjoyed it, and I thought they would be bored, but the boy had fun on the pool with the lifeboats.
    The wife is now looking for another project, potentially a sailing barge.
    A big thanks to all those who took time out to explain the intricacies of their models to us.
    Also bought a few needed items for my grandson's boat build. Should have robbed the piggy bank, as I saw loads of bargains but sadly lacked the funds.
    Overall we had a great day, but the drive home was terrible with flooding and road closures.
    Cheers Colin.

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    πŸ“ Modified Figures.
    4 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Thanks Martin, ah plastic welding, why didn't I think of it, especially as when I have used hot wire it has melted the plastic.
    Just needed to be nudged in the right direction.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Warwick international boat show
    5 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Finally I get to go, just hope the weather is OK for the drive, treating my grandson to a boys day out.
    Hope to see you there.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Boat Stand
    5 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Great job, I think it looks better than the adjustable one's on ebay.
    I prefer to use this type of stand, but most of mine are wood and quite hefty.
    I think I'll try making something similar myself.
    Thanks for sharing your excellent stand.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Modified Figures.
    5 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Delicate cutting, but I find most of the small figures I have don't like being rejoined, I can't find a glue that works.
    And so I have been rejoining by inserting a hot wire into the limbs. But its hard to hide the joints.
    What's the secret oh master of the miniature limb manoeuvres.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Modified Figures.
    5 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Yes please Martin.
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    πŸ“ Re-purposing an old Hull.
    6 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    I will have to ask the schools permission, but as long as they don't mind I will do my best.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Re-purposing an old Hull.
    6 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Thank you guys and gals for all your praise.
    I'm only doing it because I want to share what bit of modelling knowledge I have amassed over my 65 years of modelling, I started with my grandad when I was 5 years old.
    It seems that the first model that you make should be out of your own head, that way you can change things as you go.
    That way you enjoy what you make, and are more likely to carry on making.
    It's fortunate that my grandson is at a forward thinking school who already have a lego club, also a meccanno club. Both of them are well attended and enjoyed.
    Much better than those stupid electronic games machines.
    Tomorrow I will find out how well they are getting on with their designs.
    Cheers Colin.

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    πŸ“ No slackers in my crew.
    7 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Keep the blighters busy, it's the only way.
    Apart from my bow anchorman who seems to have lost his broom.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Re-purposing an old Hull.
    7 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Just getting back to doing something with my boats.
    My grandson (aged 5) asked if he could take some of my boat pictures to school, so I let him have about a hundred.
    His class teacher contacted me and asked if I could show the children some of the models.
    I sent them 5 boats in various states of build from kit in the box through to finished.
    Today I was asked if I could help the year 1 class to build a model boat. I have supplied them with an old Fairey Hull from my store shed.
    They are now drawing up a new boat to build.
    The teacher has put them into groups and each group has to make a card mock up of what they want the boat will be.
    I will be going to see what they have done on Friday.
    So far there are 3 other adults willing to help. Once all the designs are done, we adults will be cutting out the ply and balsa parts and then assisting the children with their builds.
    The PTA are paying for any of the bits we can't scrounge.
    I hope they will enjoy doing it, the school has allowed one afternoon each week for the modelling class.
    So far my grandson says it's really going well and there are boat drawings on 2 walls.
    I am excited to be able to help youngsters get involved in modelling.
    Follow up news next week.
    Cheers Colin.

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    πŸ“ Modified Figures.
    7 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Lovely bit of modelling repurposeing.
    Just a joy to see a master craftsmans work.
    Keep up the good work.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: My Collection...
    8 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    That's a wonderful collection, I'm green with envy of your space for the collection.
    I only have space to have 2 on display, most of mine live in my boat carrier trailer, with a few in either workshop or attic awaiting work.
    The only time mine get to be seen is when I take them to the shows, or down to the lake.
    But keep up the good work and collecting.
    Cheers Colin.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Smoker test 8 E-Cig version
    8 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Super, I will be watching this with great interest. When the final version is finished I would like a set of diagrams and instructions. Or I could place an order for a dozen units.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Piscataqua river gundalow
    9 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    The only thing not In the instructions, is the amount of patience needed.
    Its the secret ingredient for success.
    And looking back over this log, it appears that you have loads.
    Keep up the good work.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ I've not died.
    10 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Thanks for your concern, I will be back to normal soon.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ I've not died.
    10 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Thanks JB.
    I am glad to be back, its been horrible not being able to read, write and enjoy the site.
    And relying on others to take me anywhere I needed to go was awful.
    So I'm trying to catch up with all the news.
    Cheers Colin.
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